It’s not often that a restaurant will post a failing score on a follow-up inspection, but that’s what happened at Famous Joes, 3290 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford.
After posting a 54/U on a routine inspection Sept. 24, the restaurant received a 68/U on its follow-up visit Oct. 2. Famous Joes was asked to close and a formal hearing was held at the Gwinnett County Environmental Health office to discuss what improvements were needed.
“We had a few equipment issues that we had to sort out, and they [health inspectors] were more than kind enough to work with us on this,” said Erik Easley, the restaurant’s certified food safety manager.
Easley said Famous Joes was re-inspected the next day and scored a 99/A.
In addition to equipment problems, the restaurant was also marked down for the improper cooling of food.
Cooked green beans, rice and hamburger meat prepared for sloppy Joes were discarded because they were not cooled by an approved method and within the correct time period to ensure food safety.
The restaurant also had to clean debris and dust that had built up in various areas of the kitchen, and get rid of live flies in the facility.
During its September routine inspection, multiple fruit flies were spotted in several bottles of liquor. The liquor was discarded.
The restaurant was also cited for not putting the inspection report where it can be seen by customers. While previous inspection reports with higher, passing scores were posted behind the cash register, the 54/U report was tacked up in the kitchen.
In other news, Hong Kong King Buffet, 5905 Jimmy Carter Blvd., scored a 96/A on its follow-up inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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